It seems we’ve spent the better part of the last two days looking at captive animals.
The Chiang Mai Zoo is actually quite enormous. Lots of people drive their cars or scooters around it, or rent a little electric golf cart. We elected to take the tram. You can buy tickets for the tram near the entrance gate and hop on and off wherever you like.
I will add that the tram isn’t the most convenient. Sometimes you have to wait awhile for the next one to come along, or you’re heading to the tram stop just as you see one pull away and then you have to hoof it to the next area, or just wait another 20 minutes. If you have little kids who just can’t make the hilly walk, I’d definitely recommend the tram or golf cart option.
As I mentioned, the zoo is enormous. It’s in the foothills of the mountains, and it is very hilly. If the weather is nice, it would make a great half day hike punctuated by exotic animal viewing.
I saw some people there who had strollers, but it’s not particularly stroller friendly terrain. There are a lot of stairs.
Of course, we were on the hunt for sea creatures:
It’s a separate admission for the aquarium. It’s a pretty big aquarium with a lot of sea creatures on display despite its somewhat rundown appearance.
If you’re accustomed to the Seattle Aquarium or the Aquarium of the Pacific, you’ll find this one is nothing to write home about. However, Hugo is a lover of all things of the sea, and was thrilled to be there, running from display to display and naming everything he could see.
Kids under 4 are free!